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|Utawarerumono Volume 1 Mask of a Stranger|
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Everything about him is shrouded in mystery. The mask he can t remove a past he can t unravel and the very survival of the people who have chosen them as their leader. But what Hakuoro doesn t know is this: He was gravel... more »
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The One Being Sung
R. Cobb | Omaha, NE | 01/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Utawarerumono is a beautiful series accessable to fans of many genres. First couple episodes are slow to build a connection to the earthy villager, but the action comes quick and darker themes are explored not long after.
This series was adapted from a hentai action game, but like Fate/Stay Night, does not contain sexual scenes. Only the plot and subtle references remain. Eruruu's (or Eluluu as credited for the dub) reaction to having her tail touched, remains for instance, but the androgenous twin archers are portrayed as feminine.
I have not heard the Dub yet so can give no opinion on the quality, but good VAs have been cast by ADV, including Kira Vincent-Daivs, Greg Ayres, and Monica Rial."
J. Adashek | Milwaukee, WI | 03/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Utawarerumono" translates roughly as "The Ones Who Are Sung Of." It's a descriptive title (not to mention a hard one for English speakers to pronounce--ADV initially announced the series as "Shadow Warrior Chronicles," though fan reaction prompted the company to revert to the original name) and an apt one for a series whose storyline wastes little time in reaching an epic scale. This first volume plunges the heroes into a nationwide revolt; later installments will only see the conflict spread further.
The artwork for this series is gorgeous, with detailed character designs, smooth and effectively animated battles (of which there are more than a few) and music to match. As with any great series, though, the real appeal of Utawarerumono lies with its characters. Hakuoro, Eluluu, and company are distinctive and likable, and their interactions with one another are both memorable and often more than a little lighthearted (the title of this review refers to one scene in particular from the first episode, which does a pretty good job of setting the tone for the series; also included on this disc is a short bonus episode about a snack hunt gone very, very wrong).
The English dub of Utawarerumono is serviceable--not particularly bad, but not outstanding, either, especially in comparison to the original Japanese. Hakuoro's and Eluluu's Japanese voice actors in particular outshine their English counterparts by an order of magnitude.
Utawarerumono is well worth a look; it's off to an excellent start, and should only get better."
For a dub, I'm pleasantly surprised
J. Hughes | Sacramento, CA USA | 01/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Even though it seems to start slow, this is a wonderful story that just gets better and better as it goes along. The plot leads through a seemingly twisted path, with an ending that you never see coming.
I watched the Japanese episodes of Utawarerumono as they came out on TV and, I must say, I was cringing with the thought of how they would dub this series.
When I received the first disk, I was pleasantly surprised. Hakuoro's (shortened to Hakuro for the dub) voice could be a bit deeper to fit the character but otherwise it's alright. Oboro, Benawi, Nuwangi, Yuzuha, and the archer twins are nailed dead on for personalities and voices.
The translation is also pretty close to the original Japanese.
Overall, this is a dub that I can truly say I am happy with, having seen both versions.
Mamzelle Bee | Michigan, USA | 01/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was able to catch what appeared to be the first or second episode of Utawarerumono (what a mouthful!) on On Demand, the other day, and was nothing but pleased. The animation is good, and the designs are beautiful. While I definitely prefer subtitles, the dub wasn't bad at all. Despite her lackluster performance as Nyu/Lucy of Elfen Lied, Kira Vincent-Davis does a great job with Elulu. I'm looking forward to seeing more of this as it comes out.
A note on the rating: While it seems like a good show, Utawarerumono fails to impress like some other anime. Only time will tell if Uta' turns out to be as good as its start."